Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Will Smith hails 'benefit' of Netflix amid criticism of Palme d'Or nominations

Will Smith hails 'benefit' of Netflix amid criticism of Palme d'Or nominations

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"It would be an enormous paradox if the Palme d'Or went to a film that can not be seen in cinemas", he said in the jury's first press conference.

However, since neither film was originally slated for French cinema release after first being shown online, the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF) complained strongly to festival organisers.

Apparently very happy to be part of this jury presided by the huge Pedro Almodóvar, Will Smith - particularly seductive - spent a long time cuckooing and sending kisses to the onlookers who came to applaud him and his co-jurors.

This year's Cannes programme points to changes shaking up the film industry, including the march on Hollywood by streaming giants Netflix and Amazon and the arrival of virtual reality. Sarandos added that finding great storytellers from around the world and giving them the ability to distribute their films globally is what Netflix does to expand the movie industry. He said younger generations in particular were losing touch with "the capacity of hypnosis of a large screen for a viewer". The size should not be smaller than the chair on which you're sitting.

"So I am excited to be here, more than anything to learn", he told a news conference alongside other members of the jury that will decide which film wins the Palme d'Or award on May 28.

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New rule created to exclude Netflix Netflixs two movies Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories will remain in circulation at this years festival but the French movie theater owners have pushed through a new rule that effectively bans Netflix from participating in Cannes next year.

This is a shame, considering the quality of the movies selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Netflix, which streams films and television shows to subscribers, has two of the hottest movies in contention for the Palme d'Or - its first time in competition at the festival that France boasts is the greatest in the world. There's very little cross between going to the cinema and watching what they watch on Netflix in my home.

"In my house, Netflix has been nothing but an absolute benefit", Smith said, explaining that his kids "get to see films they absolutely wouldn't have seen". "They go to the movies to be humbled in front of certain images".

Jessica Chastain and Paolo Sorrentino are also on the jury, alongside German director Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), South Korean helmer Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden), Chinese star Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), French actress Agnes Jaoui (The Taste of Others) and Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient). Festival programmers thought "they could get away with showing Netflix movies", he said. "It has broadened my children's global cinematic comprehension", the actor said. When he was asked, Smith said: "It's two completely different forms of entertainment they go for".

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